Qantas Airlines took us across the corner of the continent from Sydney to Adelaide, a pretty city in the center of the southern coast [location]. It is winter now, of course, and so the weather is cool and rainy. The upside is that everything is green and lovely; otherwise, they’ve had a drought for several years and everything was brown. For the most part, the rain hasn’t dampened our activities. Read on, and see the photos.
We spent a good part of one day exploring the Adelaide Zoo, which was our first real opportunity to see classic Aussie animals like the wallabees, wombats, kangaroo, emu, kookaburra, and koala bear. But I think the kids had even more fun the next day at the Gorge Wildlife Park, where they could actually go inside the cages and pet the kangaroos while feeding them peanuts, and snuggle with a koala bear. Such fun!
I spent half a day visiting the University of Adelaide, in particular the Computer Science department. I gave two talks and thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with the faculty – many are involved in research on wireless networks and sensor networks.
Many thanks to Cheryl who had us out to her house to meet her family and for a wonderful dinner.
See photo gallery.
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